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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt Flowers! on: September 28, 2012 07:04:25 PM

I turned felt into flowers!  Specifically, I turned felt into flowers with the Denver Craft Ninjas in the basement of (one of) my favorite dive bar(s) while feasting on chocolate and booze.

Good times.


Good group craft, too.  Easy to make, easy to personalize, and rather rewarding.


Rather than decide what my flowers should be then and there, I made small loops on the backside of each one.  I can stick them on hairbands or hairclips or pins that way, depending on my mood.

I blogged these here.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Grape Cluster Earrings on: July 29, 2012 07:45:28 AM

Summer is on its downhill side, and I don't want to let it go. I made these earrings specifically for hot days and hotter nights.

And lots of fresh, in-season fruit.  That too.

I took all this:


Did a little of this:


Et voila!


I wrote up a tutorial on the ol' blog.  I want to make a green pair now!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Everything's better with studs. on: July 09, 2012 11:44:51 PM



I had this red blazer, and a couple of bags of pyramid studs.  Obviously, magic was destined to happen.  Lots of poking and bending later, and voila!


Now I've got to figure out what to do with the rest of the studs.  I've got to have some shorts around here somewhere.

I blogged this here.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Friendship Bracelets, now in Chunky! on: July 09, 2012 11:41:06 PM
Inspired, of course, by the internets, I decided to pick up the childhood art of knotted friendship bracelets.  Only this time, instead of dinky embroidery floss, I busted out this stuff:


Which, in a wonderfully short time (maybe twenty minutes?) came together into this:


They're huge and chunky and wonderful!  I love the look; it's nostalgic, but the size seems to add something a little more... modern? That's not the word I'm looking for.  Something different and fresh, at least.


Now I've got to figure out what patterns to try with the rest of the thread.  What were your favorites?

I blogged this here.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Geek Sugar Cookies! on: November 22, 2011 08:02:46 AM

I made geek cookies!


Yes, those are Erlenmeyer flasks, beakers, and test tubes.  The set of cookie cutters includes an atom (well, in the symbolic sense), but I was making cookies for a pile of medical lab techs, and we're more about the test tubes.


I almost made them red, because we all handle tons of blood every day, but I figured no one would eat them.  Plus, if I got started down that road, I just know I wouldn't be able to resist making some that were pink and chunky from fat, or brown from hemolyzation, or green from... I don't know what, but I've seen 'em.  And down that road lies madness and grossness and other such things. So! Peaceful and calming blue it was.

My favorite cut-out sugar cookie recipe is this one from the Kitchn.  They cut out and transfer easily, hold their shapes fantastically through baking (no spreading), and are soft and delicious.  Plus, almond extract! Can't go wrong with almond extract.

I'm giving away a set of the Science Lab Cookie Cutters on my blog.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Zombie Horde. on: October 31, 2011 10:01:16 PM
This year, for Denver's zombie crawl, I played make-up artist for my own little horde.


I'm kind of proud of myself.  We're all rather fresh zombies- lots of wounding, not a lot of rot.


Let's talk makeup.  I have a relatively simple supply list:

-toilet paper
-food coloring
-a master bruise palette
-scar wax
-thick blood
-liquid laytex

.
I started by darkening my cheekbones, jaw line, and under my eyes with the bruise palette. Wounds were created either with toilet paper or scar wax, and affixed with the liquid laytex. I filled the wounds in with thick blood, then attacked them with the bruise palette to make them properly mortal looking.

The food coloring, I actually swished around in my mouth to make my teeth nasty (it only lasts ten or twenty minutes, though), then kind of drooled down my chin.  Very attractive, that trick.


And then it's brains for everyone!

I blogged this year's crawl here.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hubble Pillows on: October 23, 2011 12:49:56 PM

Earlier this year, I landed my first career-esque job, and thus got my first apartment all of my own, with no roommates nor boyfriends with which I must share my space.  The first thing I did was get a cat, because how can it be home without a cat?

Then I started decorating.

I'm a huge nerd, so the living room quickly took on a space theme. I started by ordering some prints of Hubble pictures (which are, after all, public domain):


And then decided I needed to make some pillows to match.  I went to Spoonflower, and with some tweaking and poking about soon came back with this fabric, which quickly became a pair of space-nerd-tastic 16" throw pillows:


Reversible, of course:


The cat approves as well.


Blogged here.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Twist-Front Dress from Shirt Pattern on: August 09, 2011 09:55:41 PM
I seem to come back to this pattern, the twist-front top from Simplicity 4076, often.  I'm sure you'd find multiple versions of it if you poked through my Craftster post history- it's quick, it's easy, and the twisted front is a cute detail.


This time, though, I extended it out to make a quick little dress. It was pretty simple to do:



And it took me less than an hour from fabric to cute new dress!


I blogged it here.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 T-Shirts into a Wrap Skirt on: February 19, 2011 10:45:13 AM
I took three extra large men's t-shirts I had lying around (as we craftsters typically do) and turned them into a reversible wrap skirt. 


It overlaps really, really far (it almost goes around my hips twice), because wrap skirts that blow open drive me nuts. 


It's blue on one side, and blue-and-purple on the other.  I also curved the edges of the skirt for a little visual interest.


I was going to add some decorative stitching, but instead I totally wimped out.  I figure I like it how it is, and if said wimping out really starts to get to me, it's not like I can't put this skirt back under the needle.

The finished project is blogged here.  It also just so happens that I blogged the whole process of making the skirt (to make it easier on anyone else who would also like a reversible jersey wrap skirt); those posts can be found under the reconstruction category on my blog.

My sewing machine is calling! Back to work I go.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Treasured Tee Reconstructed on: January 13, 2011 09:12:24 PM

So once upon a time (ie: 2008) I walked across Tanzania.

Yes, walked.  For almost two months. Did you know you can get blisters inside blisters? I didn't either. 

Anyway, every night when I got into camp I would change into comfy pants and my much loved expedition t-shirt.  My much loved expediton t-shirt, however, was a men's L:


I am clearly not a men's L.  However, I treasured the shirt so much (as one of the few souvenirs I brought back from the trip) that it took me until just this last week, in the early weeks of 2011, to get up the courage to cut into it and make it into something wearable.


Much better!  And now I actually get to wear it about, rather than just fold it up and hide it on a shelf for years.  I blogged the project here.

I think next month is going to be reconstructed t-shirt month on my blog, so expect to see more of me around here!
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